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Egypt Tightens Gaza Blockade, World Yawns

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In a move that would have the world awash in rage and grief had Israel done it, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has tightened the screws on his country’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. Predictably, since it’s the Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt and not Israel treating the Palestinians so pitilessly, nobody seems to care. Reuters reports:

Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip, causing a steep hike in petrol and cement prices in the Palestinian territory. […]

The moves against the tunnels have dashed the hopes of many Palestinians that Mursi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood from which Hamas was born, would significantly ease Egyptian border restrictions on Gaza, which is also subjected to blockade by Israel.

“Business is clinically dead,” said Abu Bassam, who employs 40 workers in a Palestinian tunnel network in Rafah, a town on the border. “Tunnels are almost shut down completely.”

This isn’t insignificant. Gaza’s problems stem much more from harsh treatment of Palestinians by Egyptians than by anything Israel does or does not do. Without an Egyptian blockade of Gaza, the Israeli blockade would be derisory. This has been true for many years, though one could scan the world’s press in vain for any recognition of this elementary geographical fact.

A suspicious person might be led to believe that this is yet another sign that Jew-hatred, rather than compassion for Palestinian suffering, motivates a lot of the Israel Outrage Industry.

Thankfully, not that many people are suspicious. We live in a thoughtful, beautiful world, where the motives of those who hate Israel are always clean and pure.

[Map of Gaza Strip courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]

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  • wigwag

    “A suspicious person might be led to believe that this is yet another sign that Jew-hatred, rather than compassion for Palestinian suffering, motivates a lot of the Israel Outrage Industry.” (Walter Russell Mead)

    Don’t mention your suspicion to Adam Garfinkle, Professor Mead. That is unless you want him to accuse you of being obsessively Jewcentric.

  • lukelea

    That still leaves the question of what happens to the Palestinians living in Gaza? Make a separate peace? Will Israel let in supplies if they stop firing rockets?

    • JDogg Snook

      Israel does let in supplies. If they stopped firing rockets and recognized Israel, I’m sure they’d find their future peaceful and prosperous (well, who knows what those crazy Egyptians will do though).

  • JDogg Snook

    Looking at the map there… so 64 years later (1949) they still have “refugee” camps?

  • Thirdsyphon

    Of course, the flip side of this development is that we have to consider the possibility that Morsi’s government may in fact *not* have the destruction of Israel at the top of its “To-Do” list, and in fact might be trying to play a constructive role in the region. I realize that this isn’t the spin you’re going for here, but still. . . .

  • Peter

    Thanks for shining a light of truth on a very dark world.

  • George Weiss

    Excellent points. Nobody cares if Arabs kill thousands of other Arabs but yell if israel kills even one. What a world.

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